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Member Spotlight: NAMI Palm Beach County

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, August 26, 2019

Mental health is one of the most pressing issues in Palm Beach County.

Lots of nonprofits provide direct mental health services – but few agencies focus solely on education, support, and advocacy.

One of those is National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Palm Beach County, which is our August member spotlight.

We asked Katherine Murphy, the organization’s director of programs, to tell us what NAMI Palm Beach County does and how we can all support their important mission.


Why is NAMI Palm Beach County’s work so important right now? 

Katherine Murphy: Mental health conditions affect the lives of 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 youth in the United States. NAMI works to reduce stigma so people feel more comfortable to connect to care and allow them to build and maintain supportive relationships in their own community.

All of NAMI’s programs and services are provided free of cost, which is important since Florida ranks near the bottom in per-capita state mental health funding. All of NAMI’s programs and services are provided by individuals with “lived experience” who can relate and offer encouragement.


What does NAMI Palm Beach County do?   

Katherine Murphy: NAMI Palm Beach County is comprised of families, friends, and individuals living with mental health conditions who are helping others facing mental health challenges. Providing educational and support services to those living with mental illness and their families is the essential function of NAMI.

Support groups for individuals and family members are offered throughout the county. A full-time Family Support Specialist helps those in need to navigate the complex system of mental health care. Education programs are offered to middle and high school students, family members, the community, and those living with a mental health condition. NAMI Palm Beach County also provides peer mentoring to youth and adults.


How can people support NAMI Palm Beach County’s work?

Katherine Murphy: Please join us at the 2019 NAMIWalks on November 2, 2019: Through NAMIWalks’ public, active display of support for people affected by mental illness, we are changing our community and ensuring that resources are available for those in need.

Come out to our Annual Luncheon on December 12, 2019:

Pledge to be StigmaFree!

Talk about it!

Discuss mental health and wellness with your community.


Be supportive of colleagues, friends, and families who have mental illness or are caregivers.

Educate yourself!

Join us for our monthly General Meetings, or invite us to do a talk for your agency.



Why does NAMI support Nonprofits First, and how has your organization benefited from Nonprofits First’s services?                     

Katherine Murphy: Nonprofits First’s Accreditation sets a respected standard, accepted by local funders, which provides an easier and more streamlined approach to grant writing.

NAMI Palm Beach County staff benefit from the quality training, including computer classes, offed by Nonprofits First.

Learn more about NAMI Palm Beach County here.


If you know a great story about a local nonprofit, please share it with Charlotte Gill, Nonprofits First’s director of development and business strategies. Her email is:

Tags:  Membership  Mental Health  Nonprofit  Palm Beach County 

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Affiliate Spotlight: RAND Strategic Solutions, LLC

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Friday, August 23, 2019

1. What is your business name?

RAND Strategic Solutions, LLC


2. What do you (or your business) specialize in?

We are a consulting firm that provides everyday solutions to a business’ everyday problems.  For nonprofits, we carry that an extra step and show you how to achieve the maximum impact in your community, creating a solid foundation on which to operate.  Whether it’s fine-tuning your mission and vision statements, developing SMART strategic goals, or creating measurable program outcomes, our job is to ensure your success!


3. How did you get started in consulting?

About five years ago, I had the opportunity to leave the corporate world and venture out on my own, creating RAND Strategic Solutions, LLC.  I have been able to work with a diverse slate of businesses, meet many interesting people, challenge my limits, and most importantly, help others be the best at what they do.


4. What are you really good at?

I excel at determining the root cause of an issue so I can develop the appropriate solution that resolves your pain points.  I tell it like it is and give you candid honesty.  My personal sweet spot is creating strategies that move the needle for your agency and help you identify those obstacles (risks) that will prevent your success.


5. What is your firm really good at?

RAND Strategic Solutions is really good at showing you how to operate your nonprofit like a business, finding that perfect balance between corporate world best practices and the mission of your nonprofit.  For example, every business should have:

·         Mission, vision, and values statements

·        Strategic goals and objectives (and what the risks are to not accomplishing them)

·         Measurable program outcomes

·         Fiscal accountability (yes, somebody needs to count the beans on a regular basis and know what they mean!)

·         Diversified cash flows (and which have the highest ROI)

·         An effective board of directors and adds value to your agency

·         An organizational structure that helps you run smoothly

Give us a call for a complimentary meeting to see how we can help you with these and other opportunities.


6. What do you do better than your rivals?

We focus specifically on the business aspect of your business.  While well versed in leadership development, corporate culture, organizational development, coaching, or toxicity in the workplace, these are people-based topics and solutions.  Of course, the people in your organization are your greatest and most important resource, and RAND Strategic Solutions makes sure your business model supports and complements your people.  Your business framework (backend operations, logistics, front office, marketing, development, etc.) needs to be effective and efficient in order to offer the best programs possible and achieve maximum impact in your community. 


7. Who are some of your clients?

Our clients have included a broad range of sectors such as academia, the visual and performing arts, interior design, home staging, digital marketing, product and promotional branding, health and wellness, and banking.  Some of our nonprofit clients are the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, the Martin County Library System, Women Empowering Women, the Arts Council of Martin County, St. Mary’s Healing Center, CareBag, the Interagency Council of Martin County, and our own Nonprofits First.


8. What’s the most unique aspect of what you do?

I believe our uniqueness is the fact that we can take a complex situation or problem and transform it into a simple workable solution that is easily executable.


9. Who inspires you?

That’s a difficult question as it is hard to choose just one person.  I would say, however, that the philanthropic mindset of the people in Palm Beach and on the Treasure Coast humbles me.  There is so much generosity and outpouring in our communities as we try to address the multitude of issues people face on a daily basis.


10. What cause or mission is close to your heart?

We need to ensure people have access to the basics:  shelter, food, clothing, education, and healthcare.


11. What is your connection to the nonprofit community?

My connection to the nonprofit community started with the United Way of Atlanta, serving as a loaned executive for the annual campaign.  I worked on the combined Federal and state campaign and learned firsthand what huge needs we had in the community.  Ever since, I have tried to help close that gap.


12. How can organizations best reach you?

I can be reached via email at or by phone at 772.600.5529.  You can also check out our website at

Tags:  Affiliate Consultant  Fundraising  Leadership  Nonprofit Philanthropy  Strategic Planning 

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Member Spotlight: Center for Child Counseling and Brandstory Communications

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2019

Affiliate Consultants provide support to the nonprofit community - one innovative project at a time. Search the directory to find experienced consultants for your nonprofit's needs. This month we're sharing tips on how to use videos as a storytelling tool to reach more people.

It’s our July Member spotlight! Read on to hear from Brandstory Communication and their award-winning video work for the Center for Child Counseling.


Nonprofits First: Gary Widom of Brandstory Communications and the Center for Child Counseling teamed up to create an award-winning video. Congratulations on the 2019 Telly Award. How did you help the Center for Child Counseling tell their story in this video?

Brandstory Communications: People who are involved in the mental health field know that the Center for Child Counseling (CfCC) does amazing work helping kids and their parents identify, understand, and heal from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Our goal was to produce a video explaining what ACEs are and how the CFCC works to create a trauma-informed community.

Tip #1 Define Your Audience!

The first step was to sit-down with Renée Layman, the organization’s Chief Executive Officer, for insight into the target audience of the video. For instance, are we talking to an everyday person who has no knowledge of the topic or are we talking to someone who has a mental health background? Once you determine your audience you can more clearly define the narrative.

Tip #2: Stay Singularly Focused!

The second point, I can't stress enough, is that it’s always better to focus on one main topic per video. Don’t try to cram a bunch of topics in a single piece of content if they are all closely related. Videos that have multiple topics are going to be too long to hold someone’s attention and if you try to keep it short, you are able to most effectively cut information that may make the video confusing.

Tip #3: Location, Location, Location!

After you know what story you’re telling it’s time to get organized. Make a list of your shoot locations.  Who you are interviewing?  What is their role? We want to know what video can we shoot in each location as it helps to best frame the story narrative. If you know one of the interviews will be about something that has happened in the past (where no fresh video can be produced), find supporting pictures or home video to incorporate. Any content collected before production helps to frame that key and unique narrative by framing how interviews will be conducted and what the video/pictures will be needed. The right locations and proper visuals will cue the viewer into your overall message.

Nonprofits First: How was this partnership a win/win for affiliate and nonprofit?

Brandstory Communications: Our team prides itself on the ability to tell stories through video. We passionately commit to this work in an effective & efficient way for our clients with our staff that consists of award-winning journalists & videographers with four decades of storytelling experience. We believe that every business and organization has multiple interesting stories to tell. It has been our experience that many of the best stories are those we tell for our long-list of nonprofit clients, including the Center for Child Counseling. 

Nonprofits First: What advice would you give nonprofits about story telling or choosing the right producer for their videos?

Brandstory Communications: With modern video and smartphone cameras there is a general belief that good looking videos are easy to shoot. It depends on your goals and use of those videos. What’s not fast and easy is conceptualizing, asking the right questions during an interview, crafting a story, and producing a quality and quantity of videos that is needed for our world of mobile/online consumers, donors, and service recipients.  When looking for a company to shoot videos make sure you’ve seen some of their work and it’s similar to something you’re looking for. Good video content producers are more than people who can press play, focus, edit and properly light an interview. Ask around as to a company’s consistency of meeting deadlines. Does the company understand the overall marketing and messaging that the video will contribute to? Consistent and quality video production has become one of the most powerful tools for modern day marketing. Your organization has impactful stories. The videos that tell those stories should positively impact the reputation and level of our organization’s brand awareness.

Nonprofits First: So can we see the video?

Brandstory Communications: Of course!

Tags:  Affiliate Consultant  Membership  Nonprofit  Storytelling  Video 

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Top 99 Grantmakers in Palm Beach County

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Thursday, July 18, 2019

As a Funding Information Network partner, Nonprofits First subscribes to The Foundation Center – a database of over 140,000 grantmakers. Does your nonprofit have strong relationships with your granting partners? Are you connected to foundations that align with your nonprofit’s mission and vision? There is always work to be done in this area - that's why it's called development!

Grant-seeking is a process and building relationships with funders takes time and effort. On average nonprofits in the United States receive about 16% of their overall funding from Foundations - with a majority (70%) of revenue coming from individual donors. (Source: Giving USA) Grants are small but important piece of a diversified revenue stream. 

Here are the top grantmakers based in Palm Beach County that fund programs in Palm Beach County: (Source: Foundation Center)

1.       Community Foundation For Palm Beach And Martin Counties

2.       Quantum Foundation

3.       E. M. Lynn Foundation

4.       The Bay Branch Foundation

5.       Lost Tree Village Charitable Foundation

6.       Lattner Family Foundation, Inc.

7.       C. Olsen 1990 Private Foundation

8.       Frank J. Lewis Foundation, Inc.

9.       Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation, Inc.

10.   Walter & Adi Blum Foundation, Inc.

11.   The Celia L. And Victor W. Farris Foundation

12.   Sidney Kohl Family Foundation

13.   Palm Health Foundation, Inc.

14.   Libra Foundation, Inc.

15.   J.M. Rubin Foundation, Inc.

16.   The William H. Pitt Foundation, Inc.

17.   HE Hill Foundation

18.   P. J. Callahan Foundation Inc.

19.   Raymond Zimmerman Family Foundation

20.   C. Kenneth And Laura Baxter Foundation, Inc.

21.   The David Minkin Foundation

22.   United Way Of Palm Beach County

23.   Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Foundation, Inc.

24.   The Fortin Foundation Of Florida, Inc.

25.   R. A. Ritter Foundation

26.   Halperin Foundation Inc.

27.   Scaife Family Foundation

28.   Mestal Foundation, Inc.

29.   Marcy And Leona Chanin Foundation, Inc.

30.   Lawrence J. & Florence A. Degeorge Charitable Trust

31.   Forrest C. & Frances H. Lattner Foundation

32.   Kristine Olsen Private Foundation

33.   Michael & Annie Falk Foundation

34.   Eleanor Patterson Reeves Foundation, Inc.

35.   The Geo Group Foundation, Inc.

36.   The John F. Scarpa Foundation

37.   Harvey And Phyllis Sandler Foundation, Inc.

38.   The Raymond L. Golden Family Foundation, Inc.

39.   J. Ira And Nicki Harris Family Foundation, Inc.

40.   The Mary Alice Fortin Foundation

41.   The Liman Foundation, Inc.

42.   Sun Capital Partners Foundation

43.   Nextera Energy Foundation, Inc.

44.   Sandelman Foundation

45.   The Azeez Foundation

46.   The Edward & Lucille Kimmel Foundation, Inc.

47.   Denise And William Meyer Foundation

48.   Edward T. Bedford Foundation

49.   Kessler Family Foundation

50.   R. Cathleen Cox Mcfarlane Charitable Foundation, Inc.

51.   The Pechter Family Foundation

52.   Mark And Mary Freitas Frietas Foundation

53.   McNulty Charitable Foundation, Inc.

54.   Johnson Scholarship Foundation

55.   Jewish Federation Of Palm Beach County

56.   The Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation

57.   Hufty Foundation

58.   Harcourt M. And Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation, Inc.

59.   Mildred & Abner Levine Family Foundation

60.   Marshall And Vera Lea Rinker Foundation, Inc.

61.   The Selma And Irving Ettenberg Foundation

62.   Richard L. & Lois S. Werner Family Foundation

63.   The Stiles-Nicholson Foundation

64.   The Joan B. And Richard L. Barovick Family Foundation

65.   The Rothschild Family Foundation Inc.

66.   The Nancy Brinker Charitable Foundation

67.   Richard S. Johnson Family Foundation

68.   Kanders Foundation, Inc.

69.   The Bruce E. And Robbi S. Toll Foundation

70.   Daelansa Foundation

71.   Alan H. & Harriet L. Miller Foundation, Inc.

72.   Gubelmann Family Foundation, Inc.

73.   Sam W. Klein Charitable Foundation Inc.

74.   Gary Peters Family Foundation, Inc.

75.   The Isenberg Family Charitable Trust

76.   The Connors Foundation, Inc.

77.   James Held & Kenn Karakul Charitable Foundation Inc.

78.   Samuel C. Cantor Charitable Trust

79.   Jerome & Anne C. Fisher Charitable Foundation

80.   Norman Shulevitz Foundation, Inc.

81.   Cornelia T. Bailey Charitable Trust

82.   Whitehall Foundation, Inc.

83.   Eda And Cliff Viner Family Foundation, Inc.

84.   Garvy Family Foundation, Inc.

85.   The Marvin H. Davidson Foundation, Inc.

86.   The Thomas C. Quick Charitable Trust Dated December 29, 1986

87.   Make A Difference Foundation Inc.

88.   Sidney And Jacqueline Wolgin Foundation, Inc.

89.   The Annette & Jack Friedland Charitable Foundation Inc.

90.   The W. Bradford Ingalls Charitable Foundation

91.   The Stanton Family Foundation

92.   J.C. Foundation

93.   Kate Obstgarten Private Foundation

94.   Louis & Anne Green Family Foundation

95.   The Steven E. Bernstein Family Foundation Inc.

96.   Levitetz Family Foundation, Inc

97.   Donald A. Burns Foundation Inc.

98.   Alice Busch Gronewaldt Foundation Inc.

99.   Richard And Peggy Greenfield Foundation


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Tags:  Charities  Fundraising  GrantsGiving USA 2018  Nonprofit Philanthropy 

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Nonprofits First Brings Two Groups Together to Provide Students With Computers

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, June 24, 2019

Krissy Webb was in a bind.


She runs a nonprofit, Student ACES (ACE), that helps high school athletes become better people through character education programs. Her organization was building a new academic, health and wellness center in the Glades -- thanks to a building donation from Bank of America -- and the center needed computers for the students.


Where could ACE get dozens of computers – ideally for free?


The solution came when Krissy spoke with Jessica Cecere, CEO of Nonprofits First, who suggested Krissy contact Adrian Abedon, the brainchild behind DinoTech Foundation, which refurbishes computers for disadvantaged students.


Krissy talked to Adrian, a high school student in Boca Raton, and just like that ACE had desktop and laptop computers for their students.


“Next thing you know, my car is filled with computers and there will be hundreds of high school students who will have the opportunity to use computers for their academic growth,” Krissy said.


It was an ideal collaboration between two local nonprofit organizations, and Nonprofits First made the connection.


“I had reached out to Jessica to see if she knew of anyone who was getting rid of computers and boom -- Adrian and I are connected and these students will now have an incredible computer lab,” Krissy said.


Krissy added: “Nonprofits First is always my go-to for advice and connections, they are the experts and are always there to support growth and capacity of Student ACES. We have been members for four years and they are an incredible-resource in our community. Jessica and team are always there to assist.”


Learn more about Student ACES here.


Learn more about DinoTech Foundation here

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Tags:  Collaborations  Membership  Nonprofit  Storytelling 

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